Kamala Harris receives the oath of office from California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald M. George during her inauguration on Jan. 8, 2004, as San Francisco’s district attorney. In the center is Harris’ mother, Shyamala Gopalan.

San Francisco’s new district attorney, Kamala Harris, right, receives the oath of office from California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald M. George, left, during inauguration ceremonies Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, in San Francisco. In the center is Harris’ mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan, who holds a copy of “The Bill of Rights.” Harris, a political novice and career prosecutor, became San Francisco’s chief law enforcer Thursday and California’s first district attorney of Indian and black descent. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)